Sunday, December 7, 2008

Buh Humbug!



This card totally makes me laugh! In fact, I was giggling all while I was making it! I used the beaver from one of the new sets from Our Craft Lounge called Bubs the Beaver! Bubs doesn't actually come with a Santa hat; however, I really wanted to make a Christmas card with him.

I used the following supplies from i{heart}papers ~ Stamps ~ Our Craft Lounge (Bubs the Beaver); Hero Arts (Winter's Butterfly) background; Stampendous (Winter Family) Santa Hat. Scalloped Pattern Paper ~ Sassafras Lass Garland Galore; Ink ~ Palette; Glitter Pen ~ (Clear); Nestabilities.

On a more serious note ~ today I am a 3-year cancer survivor, which comes with some mixed emotions because it isn't a day I feel like I can celebrate yet. I'm happy to have come so far, to have it behind me (for the most part), and to have learned so much. I know God had lots of lessons for me in that experience (and still does) and I also met some wonderful people because of it. However, my life was totally turned upside down from it and I wish I could make the constant fear go away that it will return. I keep praying that as the years go by, the fear will subside a little.

I won't go into the details for that horrible day I was diagnosed, but I know I wouldn't have gotten through it without my wonderful friends Paula Wade and Michelle Yager. They stayed with me , played with my kids, and helped me get ready for my daughter's birthday party until my husband got home from being across the country. Paula & Michelle ~ I love you both more than words can say and I will always remember that you were there for me that day. Everytime I think of that day, I remember how both of you showed me the perfect defination of friendship. I hope that I've lived up to the honor of your friendship. As the months progressed into surgeries, treatments and a rollercoaster of emotions, I had (and still have) a great network of friends. So I say to my Shistahs ~ I love you girls & thank you!

OK ~ now that I'm bawling, I want to finish by saying ~ please, please, please ladies, make sure you are doing self exams and that you get your yearly mammogram. If you have a history of breast cancer in your family, please get checked out BEFORE you are 40. If you find something, and the doctor ignors it, find another doctor ~ you are your own advocate!

15 comments:

Alanna said...

Great card and I'm so happy to hear that about your 3-year survivor story. Good friends are always so dear to have. I'm glad you had yours with you in your troubled times.

musingsofanaddict said...

{{{HUGS}}}

the card is adorable!

Lablady2007 said...

Big Hugs Kendra...I'm 4 mths after Breast Cancer treatments, separated from family and friends and have made a few new ones thru the card making blogs. During those difficult times going thru treatments when you just want to throw in the towel it has been you gals that have gotten me up even if just to turn on puter to see the wonderful creations that get my creative juices flowing..it's what I call my Happy Planet. Now many thanks to you for fueling my rocket. I too know it's a bumpy ride. But I'll tell ya it's cards like Mr. Bubs that make me laugh and glad I turned on my puter today. Soooo....TY for sharing.
lablady2007@juno.com
PS...sorry for the long post..:))

Rhonda Kelly said...

Kendra, thanks for sharing that story, there are so many people that are affected by cancer. It is so wonderful to have such a great network of friends! I am so pleased to hear that you are now in your 3rd year. My stepmother had breast cancer and I have a sister in law with skin cancer that is currently going through treatments. My thoughts and prayers are with you and I will pray that you remain cancer free. Thanks so much for sharing your cards too, they are always so fabulous.

Michelle said...

Thank you for sharing your survivor story. Congratulations on 3 years! I love your beaver card! LOL! It made me laugh, too!

Sharon said...

Love you to pieces, girlie!! Ü

Summerthyme Studio said...

oh my gosh......... how cute is he!!! I was so inspired to read your story today. I have a friend that is currently going through Chemo and Radiation and there is hope knowing that there are so many success stories..........Hugs for you Kendra!

MichelleY said...

Kendra, you're right....I'm bawling too! I'm happy the downline meeting got moved to today. I love knowing you've been cancer-free for three years...AND COUNTING! I'm praying for you, Sweetie. BIG HUGS!!!


Oh...you Christmas Bubs is so stinkin cute! In fact, this is my favorite card made with this set...so far. Your talent never fails to amaze me! Love You!

AngFab said...

LOVE YOU KENDRA SUE! Your courage and strength are my inspiration while going thru a similar situation with my dear friend Candy. {{{BIG HUGS}}}

Heather McNally said...

I LOVE you Kendra! I love your card! I love YOU! You make me smile HUGE - and your integrity and class are topped by NO OTHER! I'm proud to call you my friend!

Paula Wade said...

Love you too! I'll always remember that day and I'm glad it's in the past. I'll always be here for you as you have been for me!

Kisses and Hugs!

Kar said...

Love you too Kendra!!! ((hugs))

Beth said...

Hugs Babe!

I will squish em - just for you honey!

I am so proud to know you!

Great Beaver (card) - SPEW!!! Great Beaver - you cannot say that to a woman and get away with that very often!

Debbie Fisher (debbiedee) said...

Fun card! Ü Does make one smile.

I know how you feel about the fear. Every time I get a head ache in the same spot as my brain tumor, I "wonder". I don't think it ever goes away. Hopefully, it's a "healthy" fear where we are more cautious and in tune with our bodies.

Candy said...

Dear Kendra,
I am so proud of you! You are a great lady and have very good friends - I can tell by all the wonderful comments. Three years survival is wonderful ~ you are more than half way to the five year mark that is so important. Keep your chin up girlie. I will now keep you in my prayers, learning of your cancer.
Love your card - he made me laugh immediately!

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